It’s a Toddler Takeover!

02 May 2018 in Press Releases, Fundraising, Featured, Events, Whats Hot

Barnardos launches their Big Toddle sponsored by


Big Toddle

02 May 2018. Barnardos children’s charity was today joined by toddlers and a panel of parents to launch the annual Big Toddle for Barnardos sponsored by, Ireland’s biggest sponsored walk for under-fives!  2018 will see the little feet of more than 50,000 toddlers walk more than 25,000 miles to raise money for children their own age. Every cent raised by Ireland’s toddlers will directly support Barnardos’ work with children in its early year’s services who are being lost to homelessness, to poverty and to neglect. You can register for the Big Toddle now at

The Big Toddle will run for May and June as toddlers from all over the country take-over crèches, gardens and communities in a bid to raise as much funds for Barnardos as possible.  

Barnardos is calling on groups and families to join them by running their own sponsored walk for Ireland’s littlest feet as a way to help the 15,000 children Barnardos supports in communities all across Ireland.

Mary Gamble, Barnardos Director of Fundraising said: “Every year I’m amazed by how many little toddlers, crèches and families come out and support the children we work with in such a fantastic way. In Barnardos we are seeing the need for this support now more than ever as more and more children from our early year’s services, that is children who need help meeting their developmental milestones to be ready for school, are living in hotels or in overcrowded accommodation without the space they need to live, play and grow. There are thousands more living in poverty and neglect - this is why the Big Toddle is so important. I want to thank for all their support, it allows us run this event so that every cent raised by the children goes directly to our work with other children their age.” 

Speaking at the event Alison Curtis, Barnardos ambassador said: “I love finding new things to do with Joan and her friends, and we plan to hold our own toddle in our garden. It’s like a mini sports day, but with the added bonus of knowing we’re helping other children. Children pick up on so much more than we think they do - they know there are other little boys and girls who have to go without things they need, and that it’s not right. Taking part in the Big Toddle for Barnardos is a lovely way to get your little ones involved in a vital cause by providing support to the children in our communities who are in need of our help.”

Aisling O’Loughlin, Barnardos ambassador said: “My boys are getting bigger and they know how lucky they are to have their lovely bedrooms and space to play, even to have fun days out.  When I heard that Barnardos is giving children breakfasts, lunches and places to play and do their homework, along with helping parents to manage and even take their children out for the day, to have a bit of fun and normalcy - I just had to get involved.  The Big Toddle is such a perfect example of how families can help, while enjoying some lovely time together. You can register your Big Toddle now at

Sophie Harkin, Brand Manager “ are delighted to be the sponsor of the Big Toddle for Barnardos again this year. Over the last 15 years we have built a strong partnership with Barnardos, brought together by our shared commitment and support of toddlers. We would encourage everyone with little ones to sign up! It's a brilliant event that children love to take part in and it’s a great way for children to learn the importance of helping others. Let's make this year's toddle the most successful yet!” 

The Big Toddle is a fun way for toddlers and their families to support the vital work that Barnardos does with more than 15,000 children and families in communities across Ireland. A Big Toddle can be held anywhere, anytime during May and June. 

Childcare groups and families can register today for the Big Toddle by visiting or by phoning 1850 222 300. You will receive a free fun pack that includes everything you need to organise your Big Toddle!  Register now at